Gas leaks aren’t a dripping pipe under your kitchen sink that you can fix yourself. It’s a serious hazard in or around your home that needs to be remedied by someone with experience. Luckily, it’s easy to call a plumber to get a professional opinion.
These leaks can go undetected for extended periods of time if you’re not careful. Be vigilant and stay on the lookout for the indications.
One or more of these signs can be an indication that a leak is present on your property. A gas leak could affect your home, finances, and physical health. Don’t brush off the signs, you’ll regret it later.
The most common and well-known sign of a gas leak is the rotten egg smell. This smell is potent and unpleasant. It’s almost as if it was designed this way so that you would recognize it and be unable to ignore it.
The distinct odor can occur in or out of your home, depending on where the leak is located. If it’s inside, open your windows and create as much ventilation as you can. If possible, leave the home until the leak is fixed. The goal is to stay safe and inhale as little of the fumes as possible.
You’ve been fertilizing and watering your lawn. Most of it is filled with beautiful and lush grass, but the spot above the gas line is brown. This happens when gas is leaking into the soil. An indoor leak can have the same negative impact on houseplants.
The gas is having an undesirable impact on the air and environment that the plants are attempting to live in. If you seem to have lost your green thumb, it’s time to look for other signs of a leak.
A white fog or mist could be present if there is a leak or a ruptured gas line. Act immediately if you notice a random mist around your property. A ruptured line isn’t something you wait to fix.
A hissing sound may also be noticeable in or around your home. The sound will stem from the room or area where your gas line is leaking, but it should not be investigated. Have a professional inspect it further.
If there’s a leak, more gas has to be used. The pipeline needs to satisfy how much gas the home typically uses on top of the amount being leaked. It’s a vicious cycle, the more the gas going through the line the more gas it will leak.
You’ll quickly realize that the amount of gas you’re using is far beyond the amount used for showers and laundry cycles. Call a plumber before you have to sacrifice your wallet.
This is the most important sign to recognize. The leak has gotten so bad that members of your household are getting sick. Some of the symptoms include dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and difficulty breathing.
Four-legged friends could be having difficulty breathing or they may experience disorientation. They’ll experience many of the same symptoms as humans. Pay attention to the health problems they are presenting. Since they are smaller and constantly in the house, it’s possible that they will show symptoms first.
Of course, these could all be due to other problems. Pay attention to when they are presenting with other signs of a gas leak.
Here is a full list of physical symptoms your family could exhibit due to complications from a gas leak in or around your home.
Notice one of these signs in your home? If you’re in Boca Raton, Florida or its surrounding areas, call (561) 391-1048 for a consultation today. Art Plumbing, AC & Electric will send a professional right away to detect gas leaks and help protect you and your family.